Monday 22 January 2018

Solicitor alleged to have used clients’ money to buy grand piano, court told

Aodhan O'Faolain & Ray Managh

The High Court has frozen the assets of a solicitor who allegedly used money from his client account to buy a grand piano and pay for personal expenses.

Mr Justice Brian McGovern granted the Law Society a number of temporary orders against the solicitor who cannot be identified by order of the court.

The orders, granted on an ex-parte basis today, prohibit the solicitor from practising or taking further monies out of his client account. 

Barrister Paul Anthony McDermott, counsel for the Law Society, told the court the Law Society had conducted an investigation which revealed the solicitor had been falsely using money from the client account for his personal use.

Mr McDermott said it appeared the money had been used to pay for items including a grand piano and to pay off credit card debts. The orders obtained against the solicitor will remain in place until Friday when the matter returns before the court.

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